There were seasons in the 1970s and 1980s in which Payson High wins over Snowflake were rare, mostly because the Lobos were a juggernaut in just about every sport.
But those days are over.
Evidence that PHS and Snowflake are now on a level playing field surfaced March 19 at Payson High where the baseball team scored a 5-2 win over the Lobos and the Lady Horns jumped out to a 7-1 lead to eventually win 7-3.
The twin wins mark the second time this season that both the PHS baseball and softball teams have beaten the Lobos.
In the baseball win, coach Brian Young gave the starting nod to Konner Duran who threw three strong innings.
“He was solid and kept us where we wanted to be,” said Young.
Nick McMullen relieved Duran and dominated the Lobos as he did in the win over the Lobos on March 12.
“One of my favorite stats is that he threw only seven balls in four innings,” said Young. “He was pounding the strike zone and anything they put in play was taken care of by our defense.”
Offensively, the Horns churned out only five hits, but two of those, a double by Dailey Carnes and McMullen’s triple, were for extra bases.
“We weren’t swinging the bats to the level we are capable of yet and will continue to work hard at practice this week,” Young said.
The baseball team returns to play today, March 22 vs. Fountain Hills. Game time is 4 p.m. A junior varsity game will begin at 2 p.m.
The Lady Horns begin play today, Friday, and tomorrow in the Gracie Haught Classic to be played at Rumsey Park and the high school.
More details about the Classic are in the story below.